Describe your experience with Fertility Partnership.
Weaknesses: There is only one doctor at this clinic so he has no one on site to really discuss treatment with and get any other opinions. So many people go here and they are never one time.
Strengths: it is the cheapest option in the St. Louis region.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
I think by the end of our care there, he knew our story, but then again there are so many people that go there at the beginning he couldn't remember anything about us and we would have to refresh his memory.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
The staff seemed to care about my situation, although the nurse did get attitude with me a few times.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
- Failed to send your chart to another clinic
- Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with David Simckes?
Dr. Simckes is very personable, but he also has poor bedside manner. Crude jokes, etc. Just depends on if you can handle it all. He was also never on time. Like we were the first patient of the day and he was 30 minutes late one time. I also didn't like his answers to my issues (cancelled transfers). The first time he just said to take a few month break before we try again. The next time he told me to go ask a sister to be my gestational carrier (like it would be that easy).
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Simckes?
Be prepared to wait....he will never be on time. Also, be wary of his humor and jokes.
Describe the protocols David Simckes used in your cycles and their degree of success.
After the three IUI's didn't work (did natural, and two with meds), we moved on to IVF. His clinic was a batch clinic - so they would do all their IVF retrievals/transfers during one week of the month. So depending on when your cycle is, you will have to be on X amount of BCP's so that you line up with the timetable. For the IVF, we did follistim, menopur and ganirelix with an ovidrel shot. I got OHSS (retrieved 35 eggs) so no fresh transfer. We had issues getting my lining thick enough for a FET so it was cancelled 3 times. Finally did one transfer and it did not work. In the end, he told me that he didn't know what to do to grow my lining and to consider a gestational carrier. I didn't feel like he did any research or reached out to anyone for help.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments.
It was a cattlecall - started at a certain time and you had to get their first if you didn't want to be waiting for a long time.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Simckes.
IUI's were covered under insurance. I believe the IVF was $9k, meds were about $3-4k. A FET was $3k.